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  1. Football fans blamed for missing A52 road signs
  2. Nottingham features in table for most money made from parking
  3. School memorial garden opens for 11-year-old
  4. Henri Lansbury named Player of the Month
  5. Jake Ball achieves Test best of 31 runs for England
  6. Updates for Friday 9 December 2016

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By Sandish Shoker

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Weather: Some rain expected tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A weakening band of rain will slowly edge southwards overnight, bringing increasingly patchy rain and hill fog to most parts. 

The south-westerly breeze will lead to another mild night.


DNA developments helped police

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Lawrence English, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said the case shows how valuable it is to preserve all evidence in a case.

"There is no doubt that this conviction was made possible by the decisions by the police all the way back in 1986 to keep and preserve the samples, despite not knowing how DNA technology would develop," he said.

"Advances in technology now mean that we can match DNA to a suspect, regardless of how long ago the samples were taken."

Crown court

Bainbridge handed eight-year minimum term

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A convicted murderer has received a life sentence for a rape he committed in Nottingham 30 years ago - thanks to advances in DNA testing.

John Bainbridge, from Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to raping a mother at knifepoint in front of her two children in May 1986. 

He then murdered a woman a few months later for which he's already served a life sentence. Police suspected the two crimes were linked but could not prove it until this year.

He will serve a minimum of eight years in prison.

Murray takes charge at Boston

Pastures new for Mansfield's former boss...

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A man has pleaded guilty to a rape he committed in Basford more than 30 years ago
  • Photos of Nottingham from the sky have gone on display outside the railway station
  • Forest face Derby at Pride Park on Sunday

Photos from a different viewpoint

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Britain from the Air exhibition is made up of 100 photographs and has already visited Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds.

It runs until the end of February, so you have plenty of time to get down there and take a look. 

Nottingham City Council

Exhibition opens by railway station

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You might have noticed a new addition to Station Street this week.

There's an exhibition of aerial photographs of Nottingham, which includes images of Nottingham Castle, Goose Fair, the Old Market Square and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

Aerial photos
Royal Geographical Society

Travel: Roads getting busy already

What's on your Christmas wish list?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

That's one way of making sure Santa knows exactly what you want for Christmas....

The festive lights have been laid out at flats above shops in Thurland Street, Nottingham.

Sam Worrell

Striker 'a doubt' for Sunday

BBC Nottingham Sport

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier told the press earlier that striker Britt Assombalonga is a doubt for Sunday's derby because of a hamstring injury.

Travel: Delays on A52

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A52 Derby Road near the QMC island.

Court waits to hear rapist's sentence

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

John Bainbridge, of Beckett Street, Burton-upon-Trent was accused of one count of rape. 

It took place in Vernon Road, Basford, in May 1986.

It's still unclear whether he'll be sentenced today, but we'll bring you more details as soon as we can.

Your photos: Bit of beauty on a dull day

BBC Weather Watchers

It might have been a fairly dull and cloudy day outside, but Weather Watcher Emmyloo managed to grab a beautiful sky over East Bridgford this afternoon.

East Bridgford

Man admits 1986 rape

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A Burton man has pleaded guilty to the rape of a woman in Basford more than 30 years ago.

John Bainbridge, 54, had been due to stand trial over the charges on Monday, but changed his plea this afternoon at Nottingham Crown Court.

Nottingham Crown Court

Reds boss laughs at Rams supporting friend

BBC Nottingham Sport

Philippe Montanier reveals he has a friend who is a Derby fan.

"No-one's perfect!" he chuckles.

Philippe Montanier

Bendtner hoping for chance to re-take penalty

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Bendtner continues: "The fans have said it's a big game and they can't wait for it.

"It would be amazing to continue the winning run, especially against Derby."

He said he was gutted to miss a penalty last week so would love to get another chance against Derby and score it this time.

Bendtner looking forward to derby

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Nicklas Bendtner has arrived at the Forest press conference to speak about Sunday's game.

He said: "I have been told by the fans the importance of the game.

Nicklas Bendtner
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"I love derby games. The atmosphere is great and there is always tension and passion."

Your views: Beeston tree is a 'depressing sight'


Some of you have been expressing on our Facebook page how disappointed you are with the lopsided tree in Beeston. 

Catch Kev wrote: "Grim, just don't bother putting a tree up if its gonna make a sight so depressing. Nothing says Christmas like a metal fence, that, let's face it. Isn't going to fend off anyone that wants to damage it. It only serves to make it more of a eye sore than it already is!"

While John Carter said: "Are you Leicester in disguise!!!"  

Derby v Forest: Game expected to sell out

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County are expecting a sell-out at Pride Park on Sunday. There are less than 100 tickets left for the game now.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Nottingham cyclist Kajsa Tylen reaches her 50,000km target
  • Five road signs have gone missing from the A52 Brian Clough Way and football fans are thought to be behind it
  • Forest are preparing for their A52 derby against the Rams on Sunday

Derby County v Nottingham Forest

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There's a small game happening in the Championship on Sunday and BBC Sport has put together a preview of it.

If Forest win, it will stretch their winning run to four - and they could have Hildeberto Pereira back again after suspension.

Hildeberto Pereira

Panthers clinch draw in first leg of cup game

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottingham Panthers drew 3-3 with the Braehead Clan in Scotland for the first leg of their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

The return game in Nottingham is next Wednesday. 

Take a look around Rosie's Garden

The garden, called Rosie's Garden, doesn't officially open until after the school bell rings at 15:30, but you can take a quick look here.

Cyclist breaks world record

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Oops! Looks like Ms Tylen had a bit of a technical issue as she tried to livestream reaching her 50,000km cycling record.

But here she is celebrating.

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Travel: Problems in Gunthorpe

BBC Travel

A broken down lorry is causing delays on A46 and A6097 in Gunthorpe

School garden opens in memory of pupil

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A garden at West Bridgford Junior School opens today in memory of 11-year-old Rosie Perry-Jones.

She died of ovarian cancer last year and her teachers and classmates decided they wanted to create something special for her at the school.

Rosie Perry-Jones
Family handout

Watch: Derby boss has been watching Forest

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Steve McClaren told reporters he has been watching Forest ahead of Derby County v Nottingham Forest at Pride Park on Sunday.

And he had nothing but good things to say about his rivals...

Councils agree to send letter to transport secretary

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

Councillors at Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council have agreed to send a joint letter to MP Chris Grayling over the Midland Mainline electrification plans.


Tune in as cyclist breaks record

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ms Tylen will be live streaming her achievement on Twitter as she reaches the 50,000km mark.

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Cyclist on track to break world record

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A Nottingham woman who set out to cycle 50,000km (31,068 miles) in a year will hit her target around noon today.

Kajsa Tylen, 40, began her quest to beat a 77-year-old record on 1 January this year.

Kajsa Tylen

The last record was set by Billie Fleming in 1938 who cycled 47,642 km (29,604 miles) to motivate other women to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Beeston tree struggling in the wind?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's been a few days since we last talked about the Christmas tree in Beeston, so here's an update...

It looks like it might have over indulged at a party.


Queues for car park in city centre

Looks like it might be a busy day for Christmas shoppers.

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Watch: Ralph gets presents from Santa

Jonathan Baker

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Ralph was given two new toys by Santa.

His new owner, Karen Vernon, said: "I think he really enjoyed it. It amazes me every day that he's so good... he has got a great life now."

Ralph's previous owner prosecuted

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It hasn't always been squeaky toys and visits to Santa for Ralph.

He was said to have "looked so sad" when he was rescued from his Nottinghamshire home.


His previous owners have since been prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to Ralph and failing to meet his needs.

One was jailed for eight weeks and the other got an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Ralph the three-legged dog meets Santa

Jonathan Baker

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

 Do you remember Ralph the three-legged dog?  

He was rescued from a home in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire and had been so badly mistreated by his previous owners, he had to have a leg amputated.

Ralph the Dog

Now, he's been adopted from the RSPCA in Derby and this year he's going to have a much happier Christmas with his new family.

What better way to celebrate than a trip to see Santa for the first time?

Watch: Forest fan lists teams he hates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Comedian and Forest fan Matt Forde has given an amusing take on the Premier League teams he hates.

Cricket: Ball scores 31 runs for England

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball has scored a Test best of 31 runs in England's innings of 400 all out in India on day two of the fourth Test between the two sides.

Final five for Frances

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you're a fan of The Apprentice, then you'll already know, Nottinghamshire's Frances Bishop has made it into the final five.

Ms Bishop, who runs a boutique clothing shop, will go into the interview stage on Tuesday.

Frances Bishop
BBC / The Apprentice